Behind Closed Doors

IMG_1043The most annoying part of being a parent is when my kids are perfect angels in front of other people.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that they don’t act like little obnoxious brats when they are around family friends or even complete strangers.  But wouldn’t it be nice if they gave us that kind of respect as well?

My kids (one of them anyway) can be a complete nightmare to deal with sometimes.  But the outside world would never know.  To them they are a complete joy.  Funny, charming, quiet… you name it.  Everything that they aren’t at home, they are when we are out and about.

I guess I should be happy about that.  The fact that they know enough to not act a certain way around certain people is indeed a nice thing, but it would be even better if they acted that way around us?

I know that I am not alone.  I can’t tell you how many times a friend of ours has said that little “Stevie” was driving them nuts and that they are just a terror to be around, only to have them be complete sweethearts in front of us.  We never get to see what happens at home where I know for a fact that their little sweetheart act is just that, an act.

Why are kids that way?

Why do they seem to listen to other people and not us?  Why can’t I go to a baseball practice and notice something that my son could be doing differently to make him a better player?  Why will they only listen to their coaches?  I would understand if their coaches were experienced ball players or got paid to only coach, but these are other parents who showed up just so they wouldn’t have to pay the work bond.  They are no different than I am, yet my kids would rather listen to them.

It’s frustrating.

I almost wish my kids were jerks sometimes, just so I could say to people, “I told you so.”  But I’m guessing that since everyone seems to have the same problem… they already know.

-JW

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After 15 years as a News Photographer in the fast paced world of television news, I am now knee deep in Legos and laundry as the stay at home dad to to little boys. It was my choice to stay at home, so don't look at me like I am some kid of freak show. We're all parents just trying to raise our kids the right way. Some might be better at it than others, but if our kids love us for who we are, who cares.

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